Senate Passes Bill For Oklahoma Capitol Repairs

Apr 24, 2014

The Oklahoma Senate has resurrected a plan to spend up to $160 million to repair the nearly 100-year-old state Capitol.

Barricades surround the south steps of the Oklahoma Capitol.
Credit Meghan Blessing / KGOU

The Senate voted 33-9 Thursday for a House-passed resolution that would authorize repairs to the Capitol. The bill called for vote of the people on whether to issue $120 million in bonds to pay for repairs, but the Senate amended it to authorize a bond issue of up to $160 million without a public vote.

The bill now goes back to the House.

On Tuesday, the House defeated a Senate bill to authorize up to $160 million in bonds for Capitol repairs.

Supporters and opponents agree that the Capitol needs extensive repairs. But they disagree on how to pay for them.

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